“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Proverbs 4:25 (ESV)
Just recently, I spoke at a Christian writers conference, and one of the points I made in my keynote was simply—keep looking ahead. Set your gaze forward. I was prompted to share this after listening to a preacher I respect say, “You’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror. The reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what has happened in your past is not nearly as important as what is in your future.”
That’s good, isn’t it?
…let the past be the past at last.
In other words, let the past be the past at last. The more we hang onto what’s happened in the past, the harder it is to move forward with confidence, excitement, and a drive to fulfill our individual callings. If someone hurt you in the past, forgive that person (even if you have to forgive by faith because you’re not feeling it), and move on. Or, if you had a very troubled childhood, filled with more heartache than happiness, give it to God! Leave it in the past and move forward. I realize, of course, that those things are easier said than done, but with God all things are possible. You can move forward, if you’ll only stop looking back.
…it’s not always the bad things in our past that we have to let go of in order to move on; sometimes, it’s the really good things.
As I was preparing for my keynote, I realized it’s not always the bad things in our past that we have to let go of in order to move on; sometimes, it’s the really good things. When my father died in 2004 and my mom joined him in heaven in 2006, everything changed. The holidays were no longer joyful like they had been in the past. The family get-togethers weren’t filled with laughter and traditions. My extended family stopped meeting up for special occasions. Life as I’d always known it, just kind of came to a halt. So, since the present without my parents was lacking, I kept looking back to “the good old days” when Mom and Dad lived next door, and we enjoyed their company every day, and the family was close, and holidays and get-togethers were filled with faith, family, food and fun.
The problem was, I stopped living and simply settled for “existing.” I wasn’t creating new memories, establishing new traditions, or making an effort to see my extended family. I was still looking back and longing for the way things used to be. It took me a while before I realized my glance into the past had become my main focus. When I finally took my eyes off of the past and put them back onto Jesus, I could happily live in the present and look to the future with hope. Sine that realization, my husband and I have made more of an effort to meet up with extended family and friends for special occasions and celebrations. And, my immediate family which continues to grow (I have another grandbaby on the way—due in December—yay!) has started some new family traditions. We are growing in more ways than one.
So, where’s your focus today? If it’s in the past, it’s time to shift your focus to the future. Let go and let God. Let your past be the past at last and realize that today is a gift, so live it to the fullest. Start new traditions! Celebrate today! Rejoice! Our best days are still ahead…If your focus is in the past, start focusing on God. Let the past be the past at last. #INwritergirl #faithlife Click To Tweet